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    I dont think it is a good idea if you are not willing to look at it like a hobby. As others have mentioned there is a lot of downtime, learning and tweaking.

    Get the rims, and/or look into a good H/U speaker combo. If it has support for GPS, iPod, bluetooth and has a touchscreen you are almost there anyway.

    Carputers are just not plug/play and forget just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -zip- View Post
    I dont think it is a good idea if you are not willing to look at it like a hobby. As others have mentioned there is a lot of downtime, learning and tweaking.

    Get the rims, and/or look into a good H/U speaker combo. If it has support for GPS, iPod, bluetooth and has a touchscreen you are almost there anyway.

    Carputers are just not plug/play and forget just yet.
    Yeah, I forget sometimes how I started and that I've done easier stuff before and that I started with smaller tasks like HU installs. Sound advice for sure.

    But if the tech and hobby of this field really interests you, by all means keep at it!

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    I also installed my carpc at a young age. I got my first car in my senior high year and installed the carpc that following summer. I faced the same dilemma as you and didnt know if I should tear apart my new car to put in a carpc. I would say dont get a carpc if you are not willing to install it yourself. $2k can get you an AVIC. In addition to the physical install, it really helps to know exactly how your system is setup so that you will know how to fix any problems that WILL come up. It seems cool to have a carpc at first and I was pretty keen on having one when I was 17, but it is a real pain sometimes so you really need to see this as hobby to enjoy. I have wasted countless hours fixing carpc problems when I should have been studying for midterms/finals. It's been 1.5 years since installing my carpc and there were many times that I regret my decision. It is a really good learning experience in many areas but dont get a carpc if you are not willing to put work into it.

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    How the world has changed.

    4 year old car at 17yrs old, and a lexus at that! Never would have seen that in my high school days................

    Save your money, buy the rims and look for a good headunit.

    This is carputer stuff still in the hobby stages and not really for someone who doesn't want to, or can't, do a fair bit of fabrication.

    I just spent a couple weeks on just molding the dash bezel for the screen alone.

    And the bezel is still not done. Nevermind the rest of the couple hundred or so other things that need t be done.................

    Then you have to get into software and all the other assorted bugs an headaches. On top of all this, it'll still never be as reliable a a regular car stereo. It will do a lot more than a hu, but you really have to work at it to get it to do these things reliably.

    just the facts...........
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    Thanks for the input guys...I guess ill just get a touchscreen GPS that had DVD and CD and MP3 playback capabilities...i really dont have that kinda time/skill to do it myself and fabricate my own stuff so i really do appreciate the information cuz i wouldnt of known how hobbyish it really is (if thats even a word) and i wouldve wasted a lot of money that i couldve spent on something else...Thanks again!! Merry Christmas to everyone too!!!

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    Well when it come to fabrication, it all depends on the vehicle and the type of system you put in.... When it came to the screen, I didnt need any fabrication, I simply used a motorized one that folds in and out. I am not all about bling, bling, so I do not like people to see whats in my car. Plus I was not about to hack up my dash, my car is still under warranty. I did have to redesign the center console that holds all the components and was origianlly was supposed to hold the PC too (till the PC became massive do to all the upgrades and power I wanted). I had to make 4 large holes for the cooling fans and drill one large hole for the cables, did not take to long (1 week working on it off and on)with the right tools. The only part that needs major fabrication is were the PC sits. It is going to be mounted behing the passenger seat and wraped in the same leather as the seats (except the air holes) so it looks as close to stock as posiable, of course I am having a shop that specializes in that, do the install. Doing a car pc has its ups and downs, but in the end you will have a car that can do unique things that almost no luxury car can ever touch. I have this guy that has a lexus and he was telling me all the features he has on his car, and when i told him mine, his mouth hit the floor.

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    Problem solved

    Luckily, the G35 has a lot of stuff already available.

    Buy this: G35 folding screen

    Then buy this wheel well case: wheel well PC case

    Then buy this computer:
    Mini-ITX complete system

    Then buy this GPS: GPS unit

    And load RoadRunner (free) or Streetdeck ($199) on it.

    Total cost: $1465

    Screen: $749
    Case: $49
    Computer system: $399
    GPS: $69
    Streetdeck: $199

    Find a friend to install it for you. You're in high school, there's bound to be somebody who knows how to do this.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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